Trade request could cost Nate Robinson fine from New York Knicks *Update*
The NBA is considering fining Nate Robinson for his agent asking the
Knicks to trade the veteran guard. A Knicks source told the Daily News
that the league has investigated comments made by Aaron Goodwin in
which he criticized Mike D’Antoni for benching Robinson. "I can’t allow
Nate to rot on Mike’s bench and not do anything about it. I can’t allow
this to happen to his career," Goodwin said Dec. 19. "It’s clear that
Mike D’Antoni doesn’t want to play him
Goodwin went on to say that D’Antoni’s decision is personal and not basketball-related. Robinson said the following day that he wanted to remain a Knick. Although it is unlikely, the league will fine Robinson if it decides he did instruct Goodwin to publicly demand a trade. In September, the league fined Stephen Jackson $25,000 for, in demanding a trade, making "public statements detrimental to the NBA." The Warriors eventually did deal him to the Bobcats. Ron Artest was also fined during the 2005-06 season when he demanded a trade when playing for the Pacers. Robinson did not play for a 12th straight game against San Antonio last night.
Knicks’ Robinson fined $25,000 for agent’s remarks
Benched New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Monday after his agent made a trade request.
Robinson has not played in the Knicks’ last 12 games. A two-time winner of the All-Star slam dunk contest, he has played in only 12 games this season and is averaging 11 points.
Agent Aaron Goodwin recently told reporters he’d asked the Knicks to move Robinson to another team. Robinson was fined for statements detrimental to the NBA.
“Players are not permitted to make trade requests publicly and are responsible for public statements relating to them made by their representatives,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank said.
Goodwin said the benching was personal, not basketball related. A day after Goodwin’s comments on Dec. 19, Knicks president Donnie Walsh said he would probably begin talks with the agent about a trade.
Goodwin didn’t immediately respond to telephone and e-mail messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.
Robinson averaged a career-high 17.2 points last season as the Knicks’ sixth man. He was a restricted free agent in the offseason and re-signed with a one-year contract.